O'Brien's agent, Joseph Linta, said Thursday night that several NFL teams had voiced interest in the Nittany Lions' head coach.
But Linta sys that the ''heartstrings'' of O'Brien's experience from Penn State's 8-4 season in his first year outweighed a potentially big pay day as an NFL head coach. He says his client made the decision to stay at Penn State on Thursday.
O'Brien has been lauded for guiding Penn State to a successful season following strict NCAA sanctions for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
At least five teams reached out to O'Brien.
It’s being reported that O'Brien is in line to receive a $1.3 million raise to be funded by a private donor. The bump in salary would increase O'Brien's total compensation package to about $3.5 million. He signed a five-year deal at Penn State almost exactly a year ago, leaving a successful stint as the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator.